Hedda Gabler Essay

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Hedda Gabler

     
Hedda Gabler is a more modern tragic figure. Like Job, she has gone through pain and suffering. Just as many of the Greek tragic figures and Job confront their Gods, Hedda Gabler confronts the controlling forces in her life. She needs control and in order for her to gain control over her life she commits suicide and does it beautifully to fulfill her romantic quest.
It is implied, though never clearly stated, that Hedda grew up without a female influence. Her father who was a General raised her around guns. She was socialized to be more violent than lady-like. Hedda, as all women in her time, was restricted by society. She married Tesman because that was expected of her. She had no way of surviving on her own. She had courted Lovborg before meeting Tesman. She called herself a coward because she denied Lovborg and gave in to the influence of society. When she lost Lovborg, she loss purpose, and meaning and that created her boredom.
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Her marriage to Tesman was not what she wanted for herself. She wanted much more. Hedda did not want the restraints put on her by society. She thought she could live through Tesman. To Hedda, he was boring and too caught up in his work she wanted him to join politics because that was what she wanted to do but was forbidden because she was a woman. He was not rich enough to do so and that destroyed her dream. Hedda would not settle for living homebound.
Hedda was Lovborg's inspiration in one of his manuscripts. When Thea took her place as Lovborg's inspiration, she felt hurt. Hedda wanted something that Thea now had: happiness. Thea was satisfied with being Lovborg's secretary and inspiration. Thea had put her whole soul into the manuscript and looked at it as her child. When Lovborg tells Thea that he has destroyed his life, he also tells her he destroyed the manuscript. Thea looked at it as him killing their child. Hedda makes a comment about Lovborg being heartless for destroying the manuscript when Thea had put her whole soul into it. It is ironic since she is going to be the heartless one that destroys the manuscript and Lovborg's life.
Hedda burns the manuscript. She wants to destroy all life and this is Lovborg and Thea's...

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